July 2023 Features

  • Vogtle Unit 3 Goes into Operation

    July 31, 2023

    Georgia Power declared today that Plant Vogtle Unit 3 has entered commercial operation and is now serving customers and the State of Georgia. The new unit represents a long-term investment in the state’s clean energy future and will provide reliable, emissions-free energy to customers for decades to come.

  • Georgians Among the Friendliest & Most Welcoming in the Country

    July 31, 2023

    A road trip's magic isn't merely stitched together by appealing accommodations, tantalizing dining spots, scenic routes, or well-maintained roads, although these are certainly essential threads. At the heart of a truly memorable road trip, the fondness of the memories that outlive the journey itself, is the warmth of the people encountered along the way.

  • Georgia Lottery Annual Profits for HOPE, Pre-K Top $1.51B

    July 28, 2023

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced it raised $1,516,383,000 for education in fiscal year 2023, bringing the total transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account since inception in 1993 to more than $26.8 billion.

  • recteq Wants Customers to Grab Life by the Horns With Brand's New Tagline

    July 27, 2023

    recteq, one of the country’s fastest-growing manufacturers of world-class wood-fired grills, has announced its first-ever official brand tagline; Grab Life by the Horns.

  • Georgia Foundation for Agriculture Receives Grant to Develop Virtual Agricultural Game

    July 26, 2023

    The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is receiving a $200,000 grant from The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation over the next two years to develop an immersive game to teach students about agriculture. Using a virtual, 3D-based platform, the game is intended to ignite students' interest in farming. Students will play the game on tablets or computers.

  • The Majority of CEOs Surveyed Believe Generative AI will Increase Their Organizations' Efficiencies

    July 26, 2023

    Despite geopolitical disruption and looming economic concerns, CEOs remain focused on navigating through uncertainty. While the challenges are many, today's CEOs demonstrate incredible resilience through their ability to navigate external factors and continue to explore and invest in emerging technologies.

  • New Research Explores a Penalty For Loyalty and The Gender Pay Gap In Georgia

    July 25, 2023

    goBeyondProfit’s 2023 Business Generosity Report confirms that generosity remains a driving factor behind employees’ choice of workplace. If you’re wondering how to prioritize limited funds, employed adults provide clear direction.

  • Fostering Success Act, Inc. Launches to Help Georgians Contribute to New State Foster Care Tax Credit

    July 24, 2023

    The Fostering Success Act, Inc., a new non-profit, has launched to help Georgians contribute to a new $20 million state tax credit program that will not only reduce their state income tax burden but raises funds to support young adults aging out of the foster care system.

  • All ITAACs Have been Submitted for Vogtle Unit 4

    July 24, 2023

    Georgia Power announced completion of another important step in the startup and operation of the new nuclear units at the Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion site near Waynesboro. The company shared that Southern Nuclear has submitted documentation that all 364 inspections, tests and analyses have been performed and all acceptance criteria have been met.

  • First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden visits Augusta Technical College on Investing in America Tour

    July 20, 2023

    Augusta Technical College had the honor of hosting Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk, and US Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona on a momentous visit aimed at promoting education and workforce development.

  • Uniting for Food Security: A Plea to Strengthen Food Programs through the Farm Bill

    July 20, 2023

    Both Golden Harvest and United Way have experienced pandemic-level requests for assistance in the last few months. The number of neighbors needing help is on the rise. Yet, government assistance has either lessened since the COVID-19 pandemic or been taken away completely — and the situation is only worsening.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Once Again Named World's Busiest Airport

    July 20, 2023

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport once again retains its status as the world's busiest airport as determined by Airports Council International.

  • Georgia Experiencing Record High Job Numbers in June

    July 20, 2023

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson announced today that Georgia's June unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2 percent, unchanged from a revised 3.2 percent in May. The unemployment rate is also four-tenths lower than the national average of 3.6 percent.

  • Chamber Unveils Leadership Columbia County Class of 2024

    July 19, 2023

    The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Leadership Columbia County Class of 2024. This program is presented by TaxSlayer.

  • Georgia Takes Steps to Continue to Have the Cleanest Voter Lists in America

    July 19, 2023

    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is announcing routine and legally required updates to Georgia’s voter records as part of the non-election year list-maintenance process.

  • Augusta Metro Chamber CEO Sue Parr Receives GACCE Legacy Award

    July 18, 2023

    Sue Parr, President & CEO of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, was presented with Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives top award – the GACCE Legacy Award. The announcement was made at the 2023 GACCE Executive Leadership Conference held at the Sea Palms Resort in St. Simons Island.

  • goBeyondProfit Data Shows Literally Everyone Is Experiencing Burnout

    July 18, 2023

    The goBeyondProfit and Georgia CEO 2023 Business Generosity Report revealed shocking levels of employee and executive burnout. It turns out that burnout is a pervasive and cross-generational problem affecting all levels and all sizes of companies.

  • Georgia #9 Best State to Startup an LLC

    July 18, 2023

    Brand new research conducted by small business advice company Venture Smarter reveals the best and worst states to start up an LLC.

  • Inaugural Event Celebrates Southern Leadership in Innovation

    July 17, 2023

    Consensus Digital Media hosted the first-ever Southern Surge Next Generation Manufacturing Summit in Atlanta. More than 150 elected leaders, industry executives, educators, students, economic development officials, policymakers, and community stakeholders from throughout the region converged in Atlanta to discuss the blueprint for leading the U.S. toward a more prosperous and sustainable future.

  • Georgia Captures 8 Rankings in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards

    July 14, 2023

    Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is proud to celebrate the state’s recognition in Travel + Leisure’s 2023 World’s Best Awards announced July 11.

  • Electric Vehicles are Hitting the Streets, but There are Potholes to Avoid says Augusta University Expert

    July 13, 2023

    No doubt about it, electric vehicles are coming and coming fast. Production of EVs has ramped up in the last couple of years but there are many issues that need to be addressed before they become the everyday choice for consumers.

  • Southern Company Scores 100% on Disability Equality Index for the Seventh Consecutive Year

    July 13, 2023

    The 2023 Disability Equality Index has rated Southern Company as one of the "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion." For the seventh consecutive year, Southern Company joins an elite group of companies with a 100 percent score on the DEI for a strong dedication to leading disability-inclusion practices.

  • CEO Confidence on the Rise; Importance of ESG Growing Survey Reveals

    July 13, 2023

    The latest Marcum-Hofstra University CEO Survey provides compelling insight into the evolving mindset of middle-market CEOs across a range of industries, revealing a broadly optimistic view of the business landscape and the importance of companies supporting social and political causes.

  • Georgia Wins Big at National SkillsUSA Conference

    July 12, 2023

    The highly anticipated SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference took place in Atlanta recently, and Georgia once again emerged as a leading force on the national stage. Demonstrating exceptional talent and dedication, Georgia's participants achieved remarkable success, earning a grand total of 68 medals across both the Secondary and Postsecondary divisions, solidifying Georgia's position as the #5 state in the country.

  • Georgia Chamber Releases 2023 Legislative Scorecard

    July 12, 2023

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization, has released its official 2023 Legislative Scorecard showcasing how members of the general assembly voted on the business community’s top issues during the legislative session.